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Bharath in 2009
21 July 1983 |
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Alma mater||The New College, Chennai|
|Spouse(s)||Jeshly Joshua (2013–present)|
Bharath was born in Tiruchirappalli. He has a sister named Preethi. Bharath is a trained dancer by profession and joined Swingers International Dance club when he was 11 years old. He did his schooling at DAV Senior Secondary School, Anna Nagar, and studied at The New College, Chennai. Bharath got married to a Dubai-based Malayalee dentist Dr. Jessly on 9 September 2013 in Chennai. The reception was held on 14 September 2013 at The Leela Palace in Chennai.
Bharath made his acting debut in the 2003 Tamil film Boys directed by S. Shankar, in which he played the guitarist of a boy band. He was selected for the role, after Shankar had seen him performing at a dance programme "Inspirations" at the Music Academy by Swingers. In 2004, he first appeared in his first Malayalam film, the Jayaraj-directed vigilante film 4 The People, portraying one of the four protagonists. Supported by a highly popular soundtrack by Jassie Gift, the film went on to become a blockbuster, grossing 10 crores at the Kerala box office and turning out the highest-grossing Malayalam film of that year. The film was subsequently dubbed into Tamil as 4 Students, and Telugu as Yuvasena, with its Tamil version emerging a box office success as well. Later that year, he played the antagonist role in Chellamae, alongside Vishal and Reema Sen. His portrayal of Vishwa, a possessive teenager who kidnaps his childhood friend he is obsessed with and married to someone else, was appreciated by critics. It also was an boxoffice success. He played his first starring role in Balaji Sakthivel's romantic-drama film Kaadhal that featured him as a poor mechanic who falls in love and elopes with a wealthy 12th standard student, portrayed by then debutante Sandhya. The film, produced by Shankar, received critical acclaim and was also commercially successful. Also, his performance as the naïve but sweet lover was highly praised. Pattiyal, a gangster thriller in which he shared screen space with Arya, was his first release in 2006. The Vishnuvardhan-directorial opened to very positive critical response and went to become a high financial success, with Bharath garnering accolades for his performance as a deaf and dumb hitman Later that year, he starred in Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu, Em Magan, Chennai Kadhal and Veyil. While Chennai Kadhal, a romance film by Vikraman, bombed at the box office, Thirumurugan's family drama film Em Magan was declared a hit film. He has received great accolades for Veyyil, which also emerged a commercial success and was selected for screening at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Following Veyyil, Bharath experienced a setback in his career as his subsequent releases—with the exception of Pazhani—proved to be commercially successful. He was facing an "image crisis" as he signed up for action and masala films and went on play repetitive roles as a "larger than life angry young man", playing "small town rowdy" or "guy seeking revenge" roles. Koodal Nagar, in which he starred alongside Bhavana and Sandhya, was his only release in 2007. He portrayed a dual role in the film which was a box office flop. In 2008 he appeared in Perarasu's Pazhani, which was a commercial success, following which Nepali, directed by Dhurai was released. Though the film is considered a box office bomb, Bharath received rave reviews for his performance. That year he had two more releases, Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu, which saw him collaborating with the Em Magan team again, and Hari's Seval, none of which succeeded. In 2009 he acted in Arumugam, directed by Suresh Krishna and Kandein Kadhalai, the Tamil remake of the 2007 Hindi blockbuster Jab We Met. The latter featured him in a totally contrasting role as a rich businessman, and became his only commercial success in two years. In 2010, he had a single release with Thambikku Indha Ooru which became a critical and commercial failure.
In 2011, he appeared in the multi-starrer Vaanam as Bharath Chakravarthy, a guitarist, with the film becoming a successful venture at the box office. Post-release, Bharath clashed with the producer and another actor in the film, Silambarasan, claiming he did not receive as much promotion and publicity as Silambarasan's character. His next film, the romantic comedy Yuvan Yuvathi with Rima Kallingal released to mixed reviews, while the action-masala film Thiruthani also became a commercial failure. He was also subsequently seen in an extended guest appearance in Vasanthabalan's Aravaan.
In 2013, his much awaited romantic thriller film Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu (555) released in August. The film which was directed by Sasi received positive reviews from critics as well as audiences. In this film, Bharath sported six pack and his transformation from an urban cool dude to a steel gritted toned angry hunk was well praised. He made his Bollywood debut with Jackpot. The film was about four people who try to con one another for money and Bharath played one of them, a Goan named Anthony D’Souza from Puducherry. He returned to Malayalam cinema in 2014 with Koothara. In March 2015, he was reported to star in an action to be directed by newcomer Arun Krishnasamy.
|2003||Boys||Babu Kalyanam (Bob Kelly)|
|2004||4 the People||Vivek||Malayalam film|
|Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu||Manu|
|Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu||Muniyandi|
|Kanden Kadhalai||Sakthivel Rajasekharan|
|2010||Thambikku Indha Ooru||Akilesh|
|Yuvan Yuvathi||Kathirvelmurugan (Kathir)|
|2013||Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu||Aravind|
|Jackpot||Anthony D’Souza||Hindi film|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani||Sigamani|
|1000: Oru Note Paranja Katha||Jikku Mon||Malayalam film|
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